The University of Texas at Tyler has announced that renowned New Jersey-based artist Willie Cole is the inaugural guest speaker for the UT Tyler Department of Art and Art History Inaugural Art Lecture Series. Cole serves as curator/juror for UT Tyler’s 38th Annual International Exhibition, which is currently on display in the UT Tyler Meadows Gallery.
“Introducing the artwork and experience of an internationally renowned artist such as Willie Cole, through his service as a juror for the exhibition and this lecture, is an incredible opportunity for our students, the UT Tyler campus and greater East Texas community,” said Merrie Wright, UT Tyler professor and department chair. “The Department of Art and Art History is thrilled to have him serve as the inaugural speaker for the Art Lecture Series.”
Cole is best known for turning everyday objects into sculpture and installations. He is the recipient of many awards, including the 2006 David C. Driskell Prize – the first national award to honor and celebrate contributions to the field of African American art and art history, established by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. With an extensive career of solo and group exhibitions, his work can be found in numerous museum collections as well as in public and private collections around the world.
The lecture will be 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, in the UT Tyler Ornelas Activity Center, located at 3402 Old Omen Road in Tyler.
UT Tyler Meadows Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by special appointment. For more information, contact Taff at email@example.com or 903.566.7237.